The mission of the public health program is to protect, improve, and promote population health in Southwest and Southside Virginia, the Commonwealth, Central Appalachia, the Nation, and the world by training future public health leaders through learning, discovery, and engagement in public health. The program is grounded in the One Health approach, recognizing the dynamic interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health. One Health encompasses the interdisciplinary efforts of medical, veterinary, and public health professionals to protect, promote, and improve health.

The MPH Program offers two concentrations: public health education and infectious disease.

This is a 42-credit program that requires a two-year plan of study for a full-time student. The program readily accepts part time students and offers flexible plans of study to address the needs of part-time and simultaneous degree students.

The MPH Program received its 7-year re-accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accreditation body for schools and programs in public health, on September 7, 2018. The accreditation term extends until December 31, 2025. 

No. However, this program does require an integrated learning experience, which includes an individual academic deliverable and presentation. The integrated learning experience is the final course a student will take prior to graduation.

In addition to our regular MPH students, MPH students enroll as DVM/MPH (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, MD/MPH (Medical Doctor) in partnership with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and MPH/PhD in various programs at Virginia Tech.

Program faculty work with mid career professionals to help them integrate their MPH coursework into the demands of their work environment.

The MPH degree is not an online program. The majority of courses are offered in the classroom, with some offered online. Some distance broadcasting of specific courses may also be available at approved locations.

In the 2016-17 class, the average applicant GPA was 3.34.

Full-time MPH students begin the program in the fall semester. There is no application process for spring enrollment.

Applicants apply directly to the Virginia Tech Graduate School through its on-line application found here. Required materials include the Virginia Tech Grad School on-line application, personal statement, resume/CV, transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (as applicable), and letters of reference.

The MPH program waives the GRE admissions requirement in certain circumstances. You can find the waiver criteria and the waiver application in here

There is no minimum GRE score for applications to the MPH degree program; however, to ensure competitiveness, students are encouraged to have at least 150 for quantitative and 150 for verbal portions of the GRE.

In the 2016-17 class, the average applicant score on the GRE was 155 (Verbal) and 150 (Quantitative).

The MPH Program follows the Graduate School tuition rates and fees, which are available from the University Bursar. The cost of the MPH degree includes regular graduation tuition and fees and additional MPH Program fee of $262.50 per semester for students enrolled full time.

The MPH program periodically holds information sessions on campus throughout the year. Please visit our MPH Program Information Sessions page here for more information. We encourage one-on-one visits and are happy to meet with you. Please contact Hannah Menefee (, 540-231-1861) to schedule your visit.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us by email at or by phone at 540-231-3945.